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Suzanne Mettler (@SuzanneMettler1), John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, The Government-Citizen Disconnect.

On today's show: Omarosa's tape of Trump call post-firing: "Nobody even told me about it." Sam sends Brendan to do his dirty work.

Suzanne Mettler, author of The Government-Citizen Disconnect, joins us. According to Mettler's research, Americans have gotten worse at connecting the taxes they pay with services the government provides. With the exception of means-tested programs that address immediate needs (food stamps, Medicaid), people's use of government programs does not impact their attitude towards the government. Despite welfare shrinking down to basically nothing over the past few decades, negative attitudes towards it have risen, particularly among the middle class. What factors are driving this paradox? Mettler's answer involves the GOP propaganda war, racist dog whistles, the decline of union power, and more.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on how progressive candidates did in the recent spate of primaries. Omarosa shares recording of John Kelly firing her: "very obvious" it was a threat. Nancy Pelosi accuses NBC of trying to "undermine" her chances as speaker. Fox News says Unite the Right white nationalists "peacefully exercised" free speech while counter-protesters were "chaotic." What purpose does Candace Owens serve for the right? What can the left do to get more people of color on board? CBS on-the-ground report from Unite the Right 2 in DC, where neo-nazis were drastically outnumbered by counter-protesters. Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, speaks where her daughter was killed in Charlottesville. A caller on establishment attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. Sam interrogates a caller who didn't vote for Bernie in the primary because he's "not even a Democrat." Sam tells a story about an aggrieved white male actor. Listener Brenda discusses the allegations against Keith Ellison.

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Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com and Hullabaloo and Matt Christman (@cushbomb) of Chapo Trap House join us.

On today's show: Trump White House offers viewers — err, citizens — the chance to vote on the logo for SPACE FORCE.

Digby joins us to discuss the complex web of corruption around Trump and the GOP. The idea that running cons is okay as long as a politician is "honest" about them. How Trump capitalized on the meritocracy's failure to deliver. Trump steaks and other failures of branding. What to make of the latest primary results w/r/t to left-populist outsiders? The return of ideological, anti-establishment energy as a force within the Democratic Party and the role played by millennials.

On the fun half: Matt Christman's predictions for what will make a comeback during the Trump years. (The asbestos one has already come true!) Matt's take on the primary results. Ben Shapiro challenges AOC to debate him for a $10k campaign contribution, gets denied, gets mad. Chris Collins can't understand how carried interest got back in the GOP tax bill. Another "heartwarming" story of late capitalism: Student's family buys car for teacher so she can get to work. Mike Pence announces SPACE FORCE, seems super stoked. Laura Ingraham says "the America we know and love doesn't exist anymore" in some places because of "massive demographic changes," doubles down on racism in apology. A call from the Mormon god. Alex Jones is selling coffee from Chiapas; is he a Zapatista now? Jimmy Dorr surprises everyone, misuses a quote from Noam Chomsky. Vox study says more campus left wingers get fired for their views than right wingers. How the right deals with democratic socialists (or fails to).

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Brian Mier, co-founder of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in Brasil. The 2018 elections are the country's first elections since the 2016 coup which expelled president Dilma Rousseff, the conservative party's takeover of the country's judiciary, and the imprisonment of the country's most popular (and current leader in the presidential poll) Lula da Silva.

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Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison'.

On today's show: Kris Kobach says voter fraud is a nationwide issue despite weak evidence, insists no proof is ever enough for liberals. An overview of the latest election results. "Right to work" goes down in Missouri.

Bruce Western joins us to discuss his book, 'Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison.' For this book, Western followed 122 formerly incarcerated people for one year after they were released from prison to see how they re-integrated into society, with a focus on employment and family relationships. He found most had been exposed to trauma and had high rates of mental and physical health problems. The factors for "recidivism" and the role played by addiction. The effect of social policy (or lack thereof) around healthcare, housing, and economic inequality.

On the fun half: "Working Girl": feminist classic or ode to capitalist patriarchy? Why you should vote for Bernie-endorsed candidate Randy Bryce in WI. Louie Gohmert lament that Americans want entitlements more than Space Force, blames Obama for privatizing NASA. Dyana in WA shares her experience with the for-profit carceral state. Chicago police use truck full of sneakers as "bait" for teen troublemakers. Fox News contributor asks how Trump could not tell a lie in interview with Mueller. Jessie Jane Duff says America needs to suffocate Iran. John Bolton wants to put "maximum pressure" on Iranian government via sanctions. A Jamaican caller on the damage Alex Jones does to black youth. NY Congressman Chris Collins indicted on insider trading charges.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

Sam Pizzigati from the Institute for Policy Studies joins us to discuss his new book, The Case for a Maximum Wage. By leveraging the power of the public purse against corporations, Pizzigati argues, we could help jump-start a more democratic “New Economy.”

On today's show: Trump's star removed from Hollywood walk of fame because it kept getting vandalized. Saudi Arabia threatens Canada with 9/11 style tweet. Charlie Kirk says violence will ensue if the Dems take back Congress. Candace Owens compares being harassed by antifa to lunch counter protests in the Civil Rights era.

Sam Pizzigati joins us to discuss his new book, "The Case for a Maximum Wage." The scope of income inequality in the US today. The factors that mitigated inequality during the golden age of social democracy, namely: a strong labor movement and a progressive taxation system. How the wealthy and corporations chipped away at these safeguards beginning in the 1960s. How CEO pay drives inequality. The difficulties of sustaining redistributionist policies and the idea of "pre-distribution." Pizzigati's proposal for a politically plausible path to reducing wealth inequality.

On the fun half: A caller discusses Les Moonves and Hollywood's coopting of #metoo. Trump voter apologizes to the nation on CNN: "It was the biggest mistake I ever made." Alex Jones responds to his de-platforming in his trademark bonkers fashion. A reminder to Missourians to vote NO on prop A, a right to work law being put to referendum. Fox Business mocks "ridiculous" bipartisan bill providing three months' paid bereavement leave. The crew discuss the rising popularity of socialism. Progressive Democrat Abdul el-Sayed's inspiring campaign ad (vote for him in the gubernatorial primary if you live in MI!) A caller lays out his path from conservatism to socialism. A Passover-style discussion on the left's approach to Israel.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Sam is back in Brooklyn with the rest of the MR crew to review his time at Netroots and discuss the week ahead in news.

On today's show: Cory Booker poses with Palestinian rights sign, subsequently apologizes. BDS Bush says no wall on West Bank in 2007. GOP disbands Voter Fraud Commission rather than release findings; Sarah Huckabee Sanders backs Trump's 2016 voter fraud claim. (Feelings don't care about your facts!) Trump-backed KS gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach's history of fraud and grift. Fox's Bill Hemmer doesn't know that Wells Fargo has been screwing customers for years. iTunes de-platforms Alex Jones; we play yet another Vic Berger compilation.

On the fun half: John in San Antonio on left-populist candidates in the midwest. Some mixed emotions on the de-platforming of Alex Jones. Randy Moss wears "say their names" tie to his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, explains it to viewers. Kavanaugh's ties to disgraced former judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual harassment by numerous former colleagues. Roy Blunt defends Maxine Waters against Trump's "low IQ" attacks but insists "the GOP is not anti-black." Fox and Friends totally unprepared to debate socialism. Trump attorney Kay Sekulow blames "bad information" for his false statements about the Trump tower meeting. Why is there no left equivalent to Limbaugh and Hannity? A caller on the TN Senate race. Jamie explains the difference between private property in the Marxist sense and mere personal property. Dave in Jamaica on the need to break up tech monopolies that control too much of our infrastructure.

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Day 2 with Sam in New Orleans at Netroots Nation, with the MR crew in studio. Sam is joined by a host of left political heavy hitters including Alex Lawson (Social Security Works), Michelangelo Signoreli (SiriusXM Progress), Deb Haaland (Democratic Candidate for NM-1), Dean Obeidallah (SiriusXM Progress), John Fetterman (Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov), and Cynthia Nixon (Democratic Candidate for Governor in New York).

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Sam is broadcasting from the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans and the crew is in studio.

We're kicking off Netroots right! We got an MR buffet of left media personalities and some of our favorite journos. On today's show we're joined by RJ Eskow from The Zero Hour, Dave Weigel from WaPo, Amanda Terkel from HuffPost, Sam Stein from the Daily Beast, and Mark Thompson of SiriusXM Progress.

RJ Eskow and Sam forecast how the American Left and the Democratic party will change their tune towards Israel in the coming years and administrations. While Weigel, Terkel, and Stein debate the relevance of "socialist" in American politics, Chuck Schumer's future, as well as which 2018 races they're watching closely. And finally, Mark Thompson and Sam discuss the NY Governor's race and the importance of left radio in 2018.

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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1, "What a Long Day, Now Pizza!"

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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1. In this piece, Pacifico explores the social media practices of the leader of Italy's xenophobic Lega party, Matteo Salvini.  While Trump fires off tweets straight from his id, Salvini's tweets "can reconcile a family-friendly likability and the sternness of a patriarch with cheap but carefully targeted insults." Michael and Salvini discuss the various factors contributing to Salvini's success, how he's using social media to his advantage, and the new political ecosystem in which he operates. More at n+1.

On the fun half: A caller "defends" Dave Rubin. Is the US more multicultural than Europe? Trump says we need voter ID laws because we need ID to buy groceries. Trump supporters yell at Jim Acosta. The crew delivers some left-criticisms of UBI. Dave from Jamaica and the crew discuss how to deal with racism. VA Congressman Dave Brat preaches work requirements for Medicaid expansion. More on how to fight racism. Ron DeSantis MAGA Florida governor's race ad. The AFL-CIO releases a statement of solidarity with imprisoned Brazilian politician Lula.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

Annie Lowrey (@annielowrey), author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, joins us to discuss UBI.

On today’s show: Giuliani on collusion: “even if he did it, it’s not a crime.”

Annie Lowrey joins us to discuss her book on universal basic income. How a UBI could end poverty, boost middle class wages, compensate people for their reproductive labor, and increase people’s dignity and freedom. How a UBI could help the economy. Debunking the right-wing critiques of UBI. Promising examples of UBI programs around the world. Lowrey fields left-critiques of UBI. How stock buybacks incentivize destructive corporate behavior. For more, check out Lowrey’s latest article in the Atlantic, “Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?

On the fun half: Jesse Watters: Trump wants the “best and brightest” immigrants, not “some guy’s uncle from Zimbabwe.” Sam and Jamie’s New Orleans stories. Central NJ DSA’s plan to protest ICE. Trump attacks the Koch brothers on Twitter. LeBron James funds a school in Akron, OH. Owen Benjamin explains comedy in new Prager U video, rants against Eric Weinstein and Sam Harris. The NYT’s bad take on how to talk to racists. Should the left compare surplus value to taxes? An aspiring writer has his free speech violated in poetry class.

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